We have chosen our apps for October’s Editor’s Picks! This month’s Editor’s Picks feature a lot of productivity tools and a few great games to keep you busy. We hope you enjoy our selections this month!
“I have my screen set to automatically turn off after 15 seconds of not touching it in the Android system setting. If you have ever looked at your battery monitor you will see that the screen take the most battery of anything on your phone. But if you are reading a log review on ANDROIDGUYS.com 15 seconds is not long enough and inevitably the screen will go off in the middle of reading and you have to turn it back on.
KinScreen is an app that looks at the position of your phone and determines, depending on how you set it up when to leave the screen on or turn it off. So it knows if you are holding the phone vertically with the top of the phone slightly tilted down (the normal position for reading) it leaves the screen on. Or if you have a car mount you can tell KinScreen when its in that position leave the screen on. Alternatively when your phones proximity sensor is covered,like when it’s in your pocket or face down on a table KinScreen knows you are most likely not using the phone and turns the screen off immediately.”
This free app allows you to run multiple accounts of different apps (i.e.; personal vs. work Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn accounts) without having to constantly logout/login. You can also manage notifications for these secondary app accounts.
“Organize anything you can imagine with Airtable, a modern database created for everyone. Airtable is a fast and flexible way to create tables to keep track of anything. On your mobile device, your records are presented as tap-friendly cards. On the web, you can edit your records using a simple spreadsheet interface. Despite its simplicity, Airtable has a robust data model underneath that’s more sophisticated than a spreadsheet. Airtable goes beyond text by giving you rich fields like attachments and links to records in other tables. Switch between views to get different perspectives on the same underlying tables. Airtable also has great collaborative features like sharing data with others and real-time feedback and edits.
Airtable comes with a ton of pre-set templates for any project, so getting started is easy. If you need a simple powerful collaboration tool, be sure to check out Airtable!”
Note: This application requires root
DriveDroid allows you to boot your PC from ISO/IMG files stored on your phone. This is ideal for trying Linux distributions or always having a rescue-system on the go, without the need to burn different CDs or USB pendrives. DriveDroid also includes a convenient download menu where you can download USB-images of a number of operating systems from your phone (like Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE and Arch Linux). Around 35 different systems are available at this moment. You can also create blank USB-images which allows you to have a blank USB-drive. From your PC you can store files onto the USB-drive, but also use tools on your PC to write images to the drive. DriveDroid is a developer and tinkerer tool and requires some technical knowledge, and also note that it is not guaranteed to work with every device, but for those that can use it, DriveDroid is a great application.
This is a very simplistic 2D scrolling action game that has you control a basic block through a treacherous geometric land. The basic hook of the game is to jump with the beat to the music at the appropriate time in order to avoid obstacles. Similar to games like Bit Trip Runner or other rhythm style runner games, Geometry Dash really hooks into you from the start. The game is very challenging but when you fail a level, the game sets you back at the beginning immediately which adds to the addicting gameplay. Very polished presentation with extremely catchy music. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of music games or runner games.
From the developers behind Crossy Road comes another casual game with deceivingly simple mechanics. Pick it up for a few minutes and you’ll be hooked with a title that employs 8-bit graphics with a gorgeous color palette. You’ll have to traverse your way from one door to the next, battling monsters and navigating around obstacles. It starts out super easy but it dares you to put it down. It doesn’t hurt that just about every time you play you’re unlocking a new character such as a Centaur, Viking, Paladin, or Assassin.
Twilight is an app that changes the hue of you screen based on the time of day or night you are looking at you phone. It is scientific lyrics proven that by filtering the lie light that your phone gives off, you will sleep better at night because of the way your brain reacts to it. This app is great because it tones down the screen even more than just turning the brightness down and really is easier on your eyes in a dark room.
Into the Dead
“In a world overrun with the Dead, you have survived… but for how long?
Into the Dead throws you into the gruesome world of the zombie apocalypse where there are no second chances. Do what you have to in order to stay alive, keep moving as fast as you can, and protect yourself by any means necessary. When the Dead are rising, run! Features intense gameplay with stunning visuals & sound depicting a grim zombie apocalypse. You can unlock an arsenal of powerful weapons and perks, and there are a bunch of missions and side-quests to keep you playing. Online leaderboards are supported and the game works well on tablets as well.
“Unit Converter is a simple, smart and elegant tool with more than 30 categories of units that are used in daily life. This is the only unit converter app in the Google Play store that has such a wide range of unit conversion features with very simple and optimized user interface.
Unit Converter is the highest rated such app in the Google Play store as well, and has over one million users. Great for all applications ranging from students to professionals who use conversion tools for their daily activities. Notable features include offline functionality, custom unit conversions, search, and Material Design.”
Brain it On
Brain it on! Is a physics based puzzle game where you draw shapes to accomplish a task or solve a puzzle that will move and adhere to the laws of physics in the game.
As you likely already know, Allo is Google’s newest messaging app and attempts to lure users with It’s smart and interactive software. I’ve used it for a while now, and my Google Assistant has learnt what I want, and when I want it. It’s easy to use and, if you like it, it will easily become part of your digital life.
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